Posts categorized Data Use

VIFAA Ghana Dashboard
The Evolution of Ghana’s Fertilizer Sector – From Subsidies to Crop Specifics

In looking at the data and talking to stakeholders in Ghana, several key trends are starting to emerge in the country’s fertilizer market and in turn through the data captured in the VIFAA Ghana Dashboard. These trends are important for decision-makers planning for each season, and when thinking about the future of the market. In this blog we’ll dive into these features of the Ghana market, including where (and how) the data fits in.

November 11, 2021 Agriculture
Data Use, Data Visualization
User Stories: VIFAA Ghana Dashboard

On September 22nd, Development Gateway along with IFDC, AfricaFertilizer.org, and AFAP launched the VIFAA Ghana Fertilizer Dashboard. Visualizing Insights for African Agriculture (VIFAA) was designed to holistically address the supply, demand, and use of fertilizer data at both country and regional levels and to improve decision-making in the sector. Overall, the goal is to support stakeholders in getting the right quantity and type of fertilizer to Ghanaian farmers in time for planting. Learn more about how stakeholders plan to use the dashboard in their work.

November 3, 2021 Agriculture
Data Use, Launch
Gideon Negedu
From Rumors to Evidence-Based Advocacy

Mr. Gideon Negedu, the Executive Secretary of The Fertilizer Producers & Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN,) describes using rumors for planning and the importance of the VIFAA Nigeria Dashboard in evidence-based advocacy.

September 7, 2021
Data Use, Program
To Enable W-SMEs to Thrive in Côte d’Ivoire We Start by Listening to their Data and Digital Needs

This blog is co-written by Development Gateway’s Aminata Camara, Senior Consultant; Kathryn Alexander, Senior Program Advisor; and MCC‘s Agnieszka Rawa, Managing Director of Data Collaboratives for Local Impact (DCLI). On June 28th, 2021, MCC, USAID, Microsoft, Thinkroom, and Development Gateway will be co-hosting a workshop to share, validate, inform, and build on recent research on

June 24, 2021
Data Use, Innovation, News/Events
Une réflexion sur les données des IE

Au cours des dernières années, DG a intensifié sa recherche dans le domaine des industries extractives (IE) en Afrique de l'Ouest, ce qui a permis de mieux cerner les lacunes en termes de données et d'identifier les opportunités du secteur. Nous avons constaté que les informations disponibles au grand public sont principalement axées sur la transparence des flux financiers et ciblent la scène internationale, mais occultent les facteurs non-financiers et l'impact local réel de l'industrie. Une question reste en suspens : comment promouvoir la divulgation de données susceptibles d'appuyer les communautés impactées par les activités extractives ?

January 12, 2021 Extractives Management
Data Use, En Français
A Reflection on the State of Extractive Industry Data

In the past few years, DG has increased focus on the extractives industry (EI) in West Africa and learned tremendously about the data gaps and opportunities in this sector. Overall we are seeing that while data is available, it is focused primarily on financial transparency and geared to a global audience, omitting information on local impacts and non-financial factors. A big question remains: how do we ensure that data is also used to support the communities impacted by extractives?

January 11, 2021 Extractives Management
Data Use
Kenya Fertilizer Dashboard
Understanding Fertilizer Markets through the VIFAA Kenya Dashboard

Michael Kamau, Intervention Manager for Agricultural Inputs, at Kenya Market Trust, explains how decision-making in the fertilizer sector requires data on how fertilizer markets are functioning. The new Visualizing Insights on Fertilizer for African Agriculture (VIFAA) Dashboard for Kenya provides a detailed picture of the fertilizer sector to support decision-making at all levels – and ultimately, to ensure fertilizer is available for smallholder farmers when and where they need it.

December 1, 2020 Agriculture
Data Use, Program
The State of Data in DG’s Work

As we review our strategy, we plan to share here much of what we’ve learned through programming in more than a dozen countries – from our work and from our excellent partners – about the state of data in agriculture, tobacco control, open contracting, and the extractive industries. For each theme, we’ll explore who are the key data users, the decisions they make, the most important data gaps, and the crucial risks of data (mis)use. Here we share previews from some of our flagship programs.

October 27, 2020 Extractives Management, Global Data Policy, Health, Open Contracting and Procurement Analytics
Data Use, Open Data, Program
Why a Fertilizer Dashboard for Kenya?

In developing the VIFAA Kenya Dashboard, we worked in partnership with Africafertilizer.org (AFO) and the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) to understand the cycle of demand, supply, and use of Kenya’s fertilizer data. Grace Chilande of AFO and IDFC provides more information on why the dashboard is needed and how it will be used.

September 2, 2020 Agriculture
Data Use, Program
COVID-19 Is Not Gender Neutral

As the world continues to face the effects of Covid-19, policymakers are turning to data more than ever to understand the scope of the crisis, anticipate its spread, and formulate policy decisions; but gender-disaggregated data are missing from the picture. Knowing what information is being captured and what is not could impact decision-making.

May 4, 2020 Global Data Policy
Data Use, Explainer